This is a pipevine swallowtail butterfly only recently emerged from his chrysalis, perched on a salvia bloom and drying his gorgeous wings. (View larger to see the textural detail in the wing.) This particular swallowtail variety is named for the Dutch pipevine plant that is the pipevine swallowtail caterpillar’s favored food and host plant. Photographed at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, California, USA. (Zuiko 70-230mm zoom at 125mm [250mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/6.3, 1/320 sec., ISO 400, late morning sun, handheld) Subtle background textures (Madeleine and Northern from the Tableaux Collection) are from Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.
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